Taking risks at intersections can result in serious injury and even death. Auckland Transport is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of running red lights and to helping reduce the number of crashes at intersections.
Increasing safety at intersections is one of the Government's main priorities in its road safety strategy. Intersection crashes are of concern due to the number of deaths and/or serious casualties and represent a high level of collective and personal risk.
NZTA Safer Journeys (New Zealand’s Road safety Strategy 2010-2020) and the Road Safety Action Plan for the Auckland region both prioritise making intersections safer. This can be achieved through road engineering, as well as driver education and enforcement.
Signalised Intersections and Red Light Running
Red light running has been identified as a significant road safety issue in New Zealand.
Crash facts and statistics at signalised intersections due to red light running*
- In Auckland between 2012 and 2016, there were a total of 69 fatal and serious injury crashes at signalised intersections due to red light running. These crashes resulted in 4 deaths, with 75 people being seriously injured.
- 58% of the drivers at fault or part fault in these injury crashes were in the 20 to 39 year old age group.
- 93% of these crashes occurred on urban roads and 80% in dry conditions.
- The majority of these crashes took place on weekdays (67%).
- The worst months of the year for intersection red light running crashes are June (14%) and August (12%).
- 58% of drivers involved had a full licence and 24% of drivers had a learner or restricted licence.
*NZTA Crash Analysis System (CAS) Data
Red Light Running
We are now delivering a marketing campaign to raise awareness around the dangers of running red lights and to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injury (DSI) crashes at signalised intersections due to red light running across the Auckland region.
We are focusing in Auckland’s urban areas and targeting all road users with a predominant focus on Aucklanders aged 20 to 39 years. The key message for drivers, is to always stop at red lights and: Don’t let red lights bring out the worst in you. The campaign will be promoted via Facebook, Trueview, Youtube, outdoor billboards, bus backs and local press.
To contribute to a reduction in these DSI crashes, in partnership with NZ Police and NZTA, we are also delivering new red light camera sites. Red light cameras are a proven and effective tool in reducing red light running. These camera sites will be well signed and made obvious to all road users. A successful red light camera is one that isn’t giving out tickets, as we are focusing on encouraging behaviour changes. The red light camera installations are expected to be completed by the end of June 2017.
On 17 July 2013, the Government announced their commitment to the use of red light cameras at intersections as an important road safety tool to help reduce the number of casualties at intersections. This is based on the Red Light Camera Position Paper released by the Ministry of Transport.
Red light running fines
New Zealand Police can issue a $150 infringement notice if you:
- Failed to stop at a red signalised traffic light.
- Failed to stop at a yellow/amber signalised traffic light (unless you are so close to the intersection that you can't stop safely).
Regional Non-Signalised Intersection Safety
Overall, there is an upward trend in the number of deaths and serious injury (DSI) crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region.
Crash facts and statistics at non-signalised intersections**
- There were a total of 609 DSI crashes at non-signalised intersections across the Auckland region between 2011 and 2015. These crashes resulted in the death of 45 people, with 627 being seriously injured.
- 102 DSI crashes occurred at non-signalised intersections in the Auckland rural north and south areas from 2011 and 2015. These crashes resulted in the death of 17 people, with 85 being seriously injured.
- 61% of drivers involved had a full licence and 22% of drivers had a learner or restricted licence.
- Most crashes happened from between 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm on Fridays.
*NZTA Crash Analysis System (CAS) Data
Stay Alert at Intersections. Make it Home.
In January 2017 we delivered an integrated marketing campaign to remind drivers to stay alert at intersections, to look both ways before crossing and to make it home safely. All drivers with a geographic focus in Auckland north and south were targeted. We worked in partnership with the NZ Police to enforce at high risk intersections and to reinforce this community education campaign.
The hero element of this campaign was the video above which was promoted via cinemas, Facebook and Trueview media. The overall message was supported via radio, local press and outdoor billboards located at high risk intersections on local roads and motorway off ramps in Auckland rural north and south.
This campaign was a success, achieving high total prompted awareness of 57% among those living in Auckland rural and urban north and south areas.
Take care at intersections
The chances drivers take at intersections, like nipping into small gaps, may seem inconsequential and many drivers feel they can get away with them. The truth is that taking risks at an intersection can result in serious injury and even death.
- At intersections controlled by stop signs always stop completely, don't just slow down.
- At intersections controlled by traffic lights always stop completely when the signal turns amber and/or red.
- Take special care to look for cyclists, motorcyclists and any pedestrians who may start crossing on the road you’re turning into.
- Don’t worry about cars behind you. Concentrate on your own driving and make decisions you are happy with. If you cause a crash you will be responsible, not others.
For more information check out the official New Zealand Road Code.